Samsung loses 303 million patent dispute with Netlist related to
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Samsung loses $303 million patent dispute with Netlist related to memory modules

American Netlist, which specializes in the production of enterprise SSDs and RAM modules, receives $303 million in damages from Samsung. The corresponding decision was made on April 21, 2023 by a federal jury in Texas.

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Image source: Samsung

As a result of a six-day trial, the court came to the conclusion that the production of Samsung memory modules violated five netlist patents that the American company went to court with. After her win, netlist shares surged 21%. The California-based company originally filed a lawsuit against Samsung back in 2021, alleging that the South Korean tech giant stole its technology related to memory modules for cloud servers, as well as other solutions.

Netlist told the court that the technology improves energy efficiency and allows users to “get useful information from huge amounts of data in less time.” According to Netlist, Samsung received information about the patented technologies during a previous collaboration between the companies on another project that has already ended.

Netlist previously sought $404 million in damages. Samsung itself has stated that the Netlist patents are invalid in this case, and its own technologies work differently than those that became the cause of the lawsuit and are used in the Netlist modules.

According to portal TechPowerUp, Netlist is known for its litigation – for example, it has already sued Google and another SSD manufacturer – SK Hynix – also in connection with possible patent infringements.

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